This project came about while we were recording our second album (of the same name) this past summer. We had finally started to get an idea of what this album's sound would be. With the jazz samples, thick drums, and rustic poetics, it started to sound like the lovechild of John Coltrane and A Tribe Called Quest. We dug it.
That's when the incredible filmmaker Tom Basis and his production company, Yellow House Pictures came into our lives. We both had never met Tom, but we had a ton a mutual friends, and it was through one of those friends that we had heard that he was looking for a musician to collaborate with. He needed musicians, we needed a visual for the new album, and Sentimental Moods the short film was born.
We both recently graduated from the Acting Conservatory at SUNY Purchase, it's a very demanding program with a rigorous schedule. So we tried to use what little free time we had to make our music, but at the end of the day, acting was our main priority, which meant we had to put music to the side at times and focus on what we were in school for. Upon graduating and moving to Brooklyn, we discovered a new freedom. One that allowed that equal amount of time for both of our passions. With it we recorded a second album, went on auditions, did live shows, acted in plays and films, etc. It's a brilliant feeling.
So what we're doing with this short film is taking that freedom and showcasing it. Putting our passions into something tangible, something that people can watch, hear, and enjoy. It will follow a unique love story, told through dance, music, and poetry, and by characters being played by Purchase actor (and fellow company member at Purchase) Marcus Callendar, dancer/choreographer Rena Butler (Abraham.In.Motion), and another Purchase actor/playwright, Christopher Rashee-Stevenson (Theatre Of War). Music from our album will provide the score, and we also will be acting in the film. Tom Basis will be behind the camera as director, and Eunice Hong (another Purchase conservatory grad) will be designing costumes and make-up.
So with that, we ask that you give what you can. The money we raise will go towards crew, equipment, food, and further production costs. Know that you will not only be providing us with the resources to create what we think will be an amazingly unique piece of art, but also providing us with a stepping stone to really establish ourselves as the artists we strive to become. Ones that utilize the talents we were blessed with in order to give back to those that inspire us.
Risks and challenges
During the process of making a film, the challenges can stack up. Production delays and such are expected of course, but we also face challenges like schedule conflicts and contradicting ideas. The schedule conflicts are constant, really. We are all very busy making our art, and because art is best made with collaborators, its hard to keep a tight schedule with so many people you want to collaborate with. But we believe that if we've made this much progress, with everyone on the same page, those can be resolved easily.
Now the contradicting ideas actually end up being a blessing. Because we're lucky enough to work with such creative people, our ideas end being piled up so high we don't know what to do with all of them. However, that's what makes the process so amazing, and we tackle that challenge by organizing the pile. We are patient as well as bursting with excitement about our ideas, and we believe that patience is what makes a good project. That is the essence of collaboration, the perfect combination of patience and excitement.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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